A draft proposal by the Trump administration allowing employers to opt out of an Obamacare requirement to cover the cost of contraception is being slammed by a group of Democratic congresswomen, the Washington Examiner reported.
"Contraception is healthcare that is essential to many, but not affordable to all," the women said in a statement. "That is why the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate matters so much — it makes access a reality."
Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Louise Slaughter of New York, Suzan DelBene of Washington, and Judy Chu, Barbara Lee and Jackie Speier of California urged the White House to rethink its proposal, according to the website.
"Affordable access to contraception is part of why unintended pregnancy and abortion rates are at an historic low," they wrote. "But with this interim final rule, President Trump is threatening to roll back all of that progress by giving any employer veto power over a woman's healthcare decisions. And let's be clear: This is an attack on women's health. This rule would subject a woman's choice and the opinion of her doctor to the whims and judgments of her employer."
A draft of the proposal to overhaul the birth control requirement in Obamacare was obtained by Vox.
"It's just a very, very, very broad exception for everybody," Tim Jost, a health law professor at Washington and Lee University, told Vox. "If you don't want to provide it, you don't have to provide it."
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